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JNU approves proposal for school of medical sciences, attached hospital

JNU Academic Council said in a statement it approves the proposal for a School of Medical Sciences and an attached multi-specialty hospital.

The medical school will offer PhD, MD-PhD, MD, MS, DM, MCh, and MBBS programs with stress on modern medicine integrated with traditional medicine and knowledge systems from humanities and social sciences, the statement added.

“JNU Academic Council unanimously approved, as per the provisions of JNU Act 1966, establishing a School of Medical Sciences and an attached Hospital with broad and super specialty departments, including supporting and non-conventional departments,” JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said in a tweet.

The Academic Council also endorsed the proposal to include NCC as an Elective Credit Course with theory, practical, and camps training spread over six semesters with 24 credits for NCC cadets.

“So far, NCC was an extracurricular activity but now this curriculum will provide an all-around education and personality development for NCC cadets,” the university statement added.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) notifications on Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) and the exit option after four years of B.Tech in the five-year dual degree program of School of Engineering were also approved in the Council, it said.

“This decision resonates with recommendations and spirit of the National Education Policy. Several other academic courses in the various Schools of JNU were also approved, including courses in Kannada and Odia languages,” it said. On the implementation of the National Education Policy, the Council approved the recommendations of a committee set up to deliberate on the matter.

What is JNU

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is a public central university located in New Delhi, India. It was established in 1969 and named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. The university is known for leading faculties and research emphasis on liberal arts and applied sciences.

JNU was ranked #3rd among all universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, Government of India, in 2016 and #2nd in 2017.

JNU also received the Best University Award from the President of India in 2017.   JNU is ranked #8th overall in the National Institutional Ranking Framework ranking of 2020 and 2nd among universities.  Jawaharlal Nehru University Students` Union or JNUSU is the university-wide representative body for students at the university. It is an elected body.

JNU is built on the rugged arid region of the Aravali hill range, where a 1000 acre campus transformed the university into luxuriant green gardens, towering shady trees, amid a landscape exploding into bright colors of flowers and fruits, beautiful birds, peacocks, and nilgais surrounded by relatively dense lush forests.

The campus is a miniature India attracting students from all over the country and every stratum of society, with no social inequalities.

Most of the faculty, staff, and students of the university reside on campus. Hostels for students are built close to faculty residences in order to facilitate friendly interaction and to encourage the feeling of belonging to a large academic family. The hostels and faculty houses are organized in four clusters, named after the four directions. Each of the hostels is named after a river belonging to the region.

Towering over all other buildings in the Academic Complex is the nine-storey University Library, which is the core of student life.

JNU is perceived as a training ground for intellectual politicians, and for a meaningful life in the Indian bureaucracy, as much as the beginning of a life in research and academics, famous for serious intense discussions and debates.

JNU is the only university in India where the annual students union elections are conducted entirely by students, Intense posters and powerful cartoon depictions, strong verbal duels and competitive yet peaceful group meetings are some of the dynamic displays during the elections.

The exciting and invigorating after-dinner speeches and discussions on every pressing contemporary issue are some of the thrills of JNU university life.  JNU is also a place for delicious late-night snacks and vibrant cultural life, with clubs that promote a wide range of activities from dramatics to mountaineering and the university has a universal appeal with rich diversity, dedication to social justice, and intellectual achievements.

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